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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Boris Yeltsin, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend, investigators and police said. "In central Moscow, a man with documents in the name of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was killed," an interior ministry spokesman told AFP early Saturday, declining to give further details. Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed the death, saying it had opened a criminal probe. "According to preliminary information, an unidentified person shot at Boris Nemtsov no fewer than 7-8 times from a car as he was walking along the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge," investigators said in a statement.
Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, who delighted sci-fi fans worldwide with his iconic turn as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television series and films, died Friday aged 83. Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family and agent said. Tributes poured in from castmates, actors, fans, the wider science community -- and President Barack Obama. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love," said William Shatner, who played the hot-headed Captain James T. Kirk on the ground-breaking "Star Trek," which debuted in the 1960s.
The Major League Baseball team reacted to an old photo of Emwazi published Friday by Sky News showing him wearing a version of the Pirates' black hat bearing the club's golden letter "P" on the front. "The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride," the Pirates said in a statement.